When Kevin Dick of Lafarge Tarmac wanted to take the next step along his career path he began looking for a professional qualification that would give him the core skills and knowledge base he needed to step up to the next level.
“I wanted something that would really test me and push me forward,” says Kevin. “Something that would be of genuine use to me, my team and my employers. But I also couldn’t afford to take any significant amount of time away from my work to study.”
Kevin discovered that Procurement Leaders’ Mini MBA programme met all his requirements. Designed specifically for executives working in or alongside the procurement function, the lectures and interactive discussions run across an intense five-day period. The course addresses marketing, strategy, finance, leadership and change management in the context of procurement.
When Kevin applied for the Mini MBA he was already looking to move roles within his organisation and was confident the experience from the course would greatly boost his chances when applying for a new role.
“I knew the Mini MBA would give me the edge I needed,” explained Kevin. “What I took from the course was the toolkit necessary to cross the next boundary. Procurement Leaders helped me clarify and articulate my vision and got me through a tough selection process.”
Successful in his application, Kevin applies his new skills on a daily basis in his new position as head of category management at Lafarge Tarmac.
“I’m now able to take a holistic view of what procurement is and plan for the long term,” says Kevin. “I talk less about tactics and more about strategy. My new role requires me to know how to promote procurement. So it’s crucial I have the vocabulary and skillset to sell the importance of the function to internal and external stakeholders.”
The benefits of Procurement Leaders’ Mini MBAs extend far beyond merely gaining a new qualification. The courses provide students with fantastic networking opportunities.
Lafarge Tarmac is committed to supporting employees in further education. Staff are more motivated and can bring continual expertise and learning, differentiate the business and take us to the next level.
“It was great to study with people from such a wide range of industries and backgrounds,” says Kevin. “It allows you to get different viewpoints, share ideas and hear of others’ experiences. I’m confident I will be in close contact in the future with many of the people from the course and that we will continue to exchange ideas, news and opinions.
“I strongly recommend this course for those who want to become leaders in the procurement profession.”
*Lafarge Tarmac has been a member of Procurement Leaders since 2010. The Mini MBA for Procurement programme is not restricted to members only, but the Procurement Leaders’ membership package includes a discount on professional development products and services including Mini MBA.